What's your name and location?
My name is Alain Clavette and I live in Memramcook.
What's your favourite place to visit in the province, and why?
I have favourite spots all over the province and the generous nature that New Brunswick has to offer. Why? Because for me it’s all about what kinds of birds I can observe. There are cool things to see on Miscou Island and Escuminac Point as much as there is some on Grand Manan Island or Spednic Lake.
What's something about New Brunswick that you wish the rest of the country knew about?
That our mix of tree species are just perfect to have the most elaborate and diverse mosaic of fall colours in Canada.
What's your favourite "made in New Brunswick" food/drink?
Any pure maple products from the Saint-Quentin and Kedgwick area. I will always remember a canoe run on the Restigouche River late in October when we got out of our tents in the morning and there was frost on all the gear. I was eager to get a coffee or a tea and when I realized that we didn't bring sugar, I was bummed out. Then our guide said: ''Here it’s maple syrup that we put in tea''. Hmmmmm I can still smell it and if I close my eyes I can remember standing in that deep cold valley with the light of the sunrise just skimming the top of the trees on the west side of the valley and thick fog rising slowly from the water. That was the BEST tea I ever had. The bacon was also ''maple-ized'' with a chunk of maple butter thrown in the pan. All that right there on the pebbles just three feet from the flowing river. To this day now I drink black teak with maple syrup.
Is there a part of the province you haven't been to yet, that you'd like to visit? Tell us why!
I have been in every little remote corners of this province trying to see different birds but there is a small area that I still dont have the feeling to have explored properly and it's just north of St. Stephen. There are types of habitats there that could host some species of birds at the most northerly point of their breeding range and not found nesting elsewhere in the province, like maybe a Northern Screech-Owl. I’m looking forward to explore this area!
You can find Alain on Twitter @Acadian_Birder.